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Comedian Tom Ballard sits down with interesting and passionate people to find out what they do and what they believe in. It's kind of like Kitchen Cabinet except Tom can't cook.
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May 31, 2016

Eva Orner is an Academy Award-winning documentarian who is exposing Australia's shameful offshore detention regime with her new film Chasing Asylum. The documentary features never-before-seen footage from inside the camps on Nauru and Manus Island and brave whistleblowers speaking out about the horrific things they've witnessed. 

I've seen it and (unsurprisingly) it made me cry and it made me even more furious.

Here Eva details her motivation to make work that speaks to power, torture, her frustrations with the refugee debate in Australia, the parallels between the persecution of Jews under Nazi Germany and Australia's detention system today, government secrecy and what might just help change the conversation. 

The World Keeps Happening at the Sydney Comedy Store, July 9th

The World Keeps Happening at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

@evaorner

@chasingasylum

chasingasylum.com.au

Chasing Asylum screenings

Take Action

GetUp petition - Bring Them Here

It's Okay To Compare Australia In 2016 With Nazi Germany, And Here’s Why by David Berger

Taxi To The Dark Side trailer

Cause of the Week: Go see "Chasing Asylum"! 

 

May 24, 2016

Edward Bourke is a 15-year-old right-wing conservative who loves the monarchy, Margaret Thatcher and Donald Trump.

In fact, he loves Trump so much he’s launched The Trump Campaign to support the billionaire’s presidential bid and has been interviewed by Vice, Sunrise and news.com.au – and now me. In this lively discussion, Edward and I cover class, immigration, the importance of morals, Indigenous Australians and why he finds The Donald so appealing.

Despite all our disagreements, I really couldn’t help but find myself quite liking the guy. See what you reckon.

I'm at the Sydney Comedy Store this week

The World Keeps Happening at the Sydney Comedy Store, July 9th

The World Keeps Happening at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

SBS's The Feed's video on Peter Dutton: The douche that keeps on giving

Outstanding claims - The Saturday Paper's editorial

@edwardbourke 

edwardbourke.com

thetrumpcampaign.com

remembermaggie.com 

bourkecapital.com

Cause of the Week: Saving the Lion (savingthelion.org

 

 

May 17, 2016

Rebecca Shaw is a writer, podcaster and twitterer extraordinaire. You may know her best as Brocklesnitch or have chuckled at her parody twitter account, @NoToFeminism (a book is on the way). She writes satire and opinion for SBS Comedy and Guardian Australia

Bec makes me laugh a lot throughout this chat as we discuss the purpose of satire, queerphobia in country Queensland, feminism and the kind of feedback you can expect if you're a woman who dares to express her opinion on the internet. Oh also bad tattoos.

change.org/gaypanic

chasingasylum.com.au

The ABC's Party Room podcast, The Guardian's Australian Politics Live with Lenore Taylor & Katharine MurphySomething Wonky's Wonk The Vote

The World Keeps Happening at the Sydney Comedy Store, July 9th

The World Keeps Happening at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

@brocklesnitch

@notofeminism

brocklesnitch.com

Bec's Patreon

SBS Comedy's The Backburner

Women Against Feminism

Bec on The Guardian

Bec's podcast with Peter Taggart, Bring A Plate

Cause of the Week: Minus 18 (minus18.org.au), youreaccepted.com.au

 

May 9, 2016

First Dog On The Moon is a dog and a Walkley award-winning cartoonist. His work has appeared in Crikey and now Guardian Australia and it is funny and silly and dog-based and sad and great. 

Here Dog and I discuss the origins of his work, the importance of being a good political hater, the problems with empathy, his horrible lefty family, civil disobedience penguins, brussels sprouts and mountain chicken frogs.

The ABC's Vote Compass  

My piece for Fairfax: Those Fighting Against Offshore Detention Don't Need All The Answers 

The Pacific Solution's brutal truth: we need it by Jonathan Holmes 

My piece for Guardian Australia: Stop the votes! A message from the Prime Minister of Canberra

LGBTIQ+ Issues in St Petersburg & Around The World (happening tonight!)

Me, Lehmo & Genevieve Morris at Sooki Lounge on May 12th

Ridiculous Laws: A Justice Connect event (Wednesday May 18th)

@firstdogonmoon

firstdogonthemoon.com.au

First Dog's Walkley-award winning cartoon ...then where will we be? 

We Have A Serious Problem by Douglas McGrath

Cause of the week: Oscar’s Law (oscarslaw.org)

 

May 3, 2016

Writer, engineer, former political candidate and now pollster Osman Faruqi has written for Guardian AustraliaJunkee and SBS and regularly tweets like a mofo. He's the son of Mehreen Faruqi, the first female Muslim to be elected to any Australian parliament (for the Greens, no less) and has recently launched his own polling site, Metapoll, dubbed "the most reliable poll ever". 

Here Osman tells me how he and his mum first became engaged with politics, the dire state of climate politics in Australia today,the lack of diversity in the Greens and the ALMIGHTY POWER OF THE POLLS. 

Room At MyPlace

The World Keeps Happening encore show at the Sydney Comedy Store

Me, Lehmo & Genevieve Morris at Sooki Lounge on May 12th

@oz_f

metapoll.com.au

Osman's writingatGuardian Australia

Osman's writingatmedium

Osman's writingatoverland.org.au

Cause of the Week: The Refugee Advice & CaseworkService (racs.org.au)

 

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